Over the Rainbow

5 Star Route

Imagine the ruby-slipper-wearing Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz singing “Somewhere over the rainbow.” Well, over the rainbow is where you are headed on this ride: over the Rainbow Market, a place known for its own cultural experience.

Ride Details
This ride starts at the Flight Museum in Madras which is officially called the Erickson Aircraft Collection. (Yes, we have permission to park here and leave a car.)

The ride heads south for a short bit on paved roads, then meanders through double track gravel evolving into an old railroad grade from the turn of the 19th century. This canyon is just Wild West beautiful. **Click to Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop : 42 miles / 1900 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 9% gravel road, 27% double track, 6% single track, 58% paved
eBike Friendly: No
– Location: Madras, OR
– Course by: Gravel Girl
– Published: April 2018 (updated October 2019)

Difficulty

Advanced. Due to the 16+ miles of single track / double track, the short but steep climb out of Trout Creek Ranch where the grade exceeds 15% for 0.5+ miles, and the two bike carries over cattle control barriers / fences.

When we like to ride this …

The route offers up spectacular beauty most of the year and it “goes” as long as the conditions are relatively dry. See the dates of the comments below for when it is rideable. We would avoid it in the heat of the summer.

The Start

Erickson Aircraft Collection / Museum. Park in the dirt lot on the north side of the building. Flush toilets and water.
Lat / Long: 44.671074, -121.149324

Food / Water

@ mile 10, Fraser’s Market (seasonal) / @ mile 16, Rainbow Market


Downloads

Cue Sheet / GPX FileTCX File

Legend

Red = paved road
Brown = gravel road / dirt road / double track
Blue = single track

For help with GPS files, the RideWithGPs mapping app and to learn how to download our routes for free, see the “Using Our Rides” page.

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